Following the Clues–Links for Mystery Lovers
Posted by: Neil Hollands
In honor of Mystery Month, I’ve been out strolling the internet in search of new websites for the avid mystery lover. I’m going to assume that you are already familiar with the pleasures of sites like Stop You’re Killing Me, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, Deadly Pleasures, and Mystery Scene Magazine. Here are a few more sites that might be further off your radar.
New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop has been making crime fiction fans happy for over 30 years now. Their website shows their continuing expertise. You can join one of their seven themed “Crime Clubs” to receive signed first editions of your favorite type of mystery. Staff picks are updated each month to help you find good descriptions of exciting new titles. You can also sign up for a monthly e-newsletter.
Mystery Readers International is a fan organization and sponsor of the Macavity Awards. Their website has some cool goodies. They put out a quarterly journal based around a different theme–most recently Environmental Mysteries, Florida Mysteries, and a two parter on Legal Mysteries–but the journal has been published since 1985 and issues since 1995 are available in .pdf format online. They have lists of mystery periodicals and mystery bookstores, all with well organized links. Mystery book group leaders or readers interested in finding a group will want to check out their list of mystery bookgroups, which includes contact information and in many cases, links to websites maintained by these groups. Don’t forget to visit the related blog Mystery Fanfare, maintained by Janet Rudolph, one of the most regularly updated blogs for mystery lovers online.
With a big team of contributors, Crime Fiction Lover is a great site for fans of hard crime and thriller novels. They’ve got a weekly update on new titles and post a new review almost daily, but I particularly enjoy the features, which provide interesting booklists, author interviews, and more. Read through their contributor list and you’ll discover that crime fiction fans from all around the world are adding to this site, giving it a truly international flavor.
Those are a few of my favorite websites to learn more about mysteries and other crime fiction. What sites do you recommend to other readers?